— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) April 6, 2021
On being a meme and his own dance style: “It’s so hysterical. [That moment] was improvised when I saw the crowd dancing, going loco. I felt the beat and was like, Zemo has been sitting in a dodgy German prison cell for years. So, he needs to let off some steam and show his moves. Let’s go for it! I enjoyed so much the reaction of Anthony and Sebastian looking at me. Still, I was 100 percent sure that they would cut it out [of the show]. I was really surprised and happy that they kept it. It was a long dance. There’s more to it, but they cut this little moment. I didn’t know what was happening, but I then received all these messages from my friends cracking up. My friends who know me well know I’m an embarrassing, passionate dancer on the floor but it would be different moves. It would be the Spanish side of me kicking in and doing some matador, flamenco moves, going down on my knees. Highly embarrassing for my friends.”
How the costuming affects how he plays the character: “Yeah. That’s the great thing about costume design. That always happens. You feel different when you wear this mask. Also, his whole style has changed, if you think of that fury coat — that Mackie wanted to have the second he saw it. That whole outfit helped me a lot to recreate and reinvent Zemo.”
He won’t comment about potential story beats but had this to say about Florence Kasumba’s Ayo: “Oh yeah. These are very intimidating warriors who are after me. As much as I enjoyed me, as in Daniel, seeing Florence again and talking to her — the only other German-speaking actor on the set — for Zemo, this is trouble. He should better watch out.”
On getting to play the character differently from Civil War: “It’s incredibly helpful for you not to think that it could become boring or redundant. It is very nice to be invited back to something because it also shows that you haven’t been that bad in the first place. So, I was very thrilled to hear that. But even more so, after reading the scripts, I thought, “Oh! This is a whole new game.” It gives me the opportunity to discover so much more [about the character] and to show different sides of Baron Zemo that, actually, I always had in mind knowing the comic books. In Civil War, as much as I enjoyed playing the part, I thought, “Give me that mask at least for a second, for one scene!” “What about Zemo’s aristocratic background?” “Why is he called Baron?” That all was added here in the show, and it was so much fun to play around with it. And the sense of humor. I’m always a fan when this is part of the performance, no matter how serious the circumstances are.”
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